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Bollyspice feature on John’s music for the film SOLD

// December 5th, 2015 // Comments Off on Bollyspice feature on John’s music for the film SOLD // News

December 1, 2015: Bollyspice featured a story on John and his music for SOLD.

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Emmanuel Vukovich & John McDowell at Rose Hall

// March 27th, 2012 // Comments Off on Emmanuel Vukovich & John McDowell at Rose Hall // Calendar, News

May 4, 2012
8:00 pm


Together with violinists Emmanuel Vukovich and Nicholas Frei, John McDowell will bring music to Chestnut Ridge, NY at Green Meadow Waldorf School’s new Auditorium, Rose Hall. The program for this concert, to be held May 4th at 8pm, will include:

  • Johann Sebastian Bach‘s Concerto for 2 Violins in D featuring Nicholas Frei
  • Bach‘s Solo violin Partita No. 1 in b, BWV 1002
  • Eugene Ysaye: Sonata No. 3, Op. 27 – Ballade
  • Ana Sokolovic – Chant
  • Pablo de Sarasate – Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25
  • and an original work by John McDowell

Rose Hall is located at 307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY. Advance tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for college Students & Seniors; and $10 for students Grade 1-12 Tickets are available for purchase online or in person at the Hungry Hollow Co-op, 841 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Chestnut Ridge. Day of show tickets at the door will be $5 extra per ticket. This event is sponsored by Threefold Educational Foundation. Refreshments from Hungry Hollow Co-op will be available at intermission.

The Green Meadow Waldorf School is an independent day school, nursery through grade 12, located 30 miles from New York City in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Founded in 1950, Green Meadow is one of America’s oldest and largest Waldorf schools. From the young child’s imaginative experiences of discovery and play in their Early Childhood program to the intellectual challenges presented in their High School, Green Meadow students approach their education with interest and joy. The school also opened an Early Childhood Center in Tarrytown, NY in July 2011.

Rockland Farm Alliance is a community coalition that was founded to facilitate local sustainable agriculture in Rockland County, NY, and to provide educational resources to the community to promote awareness of the need for local food resources. RFA has been called “cutting edge” by state farming authorities in its innovative approach to preserve and revive farming in the lower Hudson Valley and greater NY metro area. Through hands-on learning programs and new community-supported small farms, RFA is striving to raise awareness around local food issues while increasing access to organic, locally grown produce.

The mission of the Pfeiffer Center, located in Chestnut Ridge, NY, is to practice, teach and spread awareness of the biodynamic method of agriculture and land care. This work takes the form of educational programs for adults and children, agricultural production, work with draft horses, beekeeping, and research.

Canadian Violinist Emmanuel Vukovich has played for audiences around the globe with artists such as Ida Haendel, Anton Kuerti, and Matt Haimowitz. Recipient of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music Golden Violin Award and The Canada Council for the Arts Orford String Quartet Scholarship, he was a member of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet, winner at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Emmanuel began playing the violin with Danuta Ciring and left his native Calgary at sixteen to pursue studies with Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School in New York City. He completed his undergraduate degree with Denise Lupien and André Roy at McGill University. During this time he also pursued studies in Environment, subsequently devoting four years to work in organic agriculture. Having returned to music in 2011, Emmanuel is currently completing a graduate performance degree and teaching at McGill University, and has founded an international chamber music collective called The Parcival Project. He plays a violin made in Montreal by Denis Cormier. Musician and film composer John McDowell achieved worldwide recognition with his soundtrack to the Academy Award winning documentary Born Into Brothels. Winner of Best Musical Score at the Bend Film Festival, the score blends Western and Indian music in a mesmerizing mix. Known for much more than just his film scores, McDowell is also a highly gifted pianist, percussionist, producer, commissioned composer and conductor. His work over the past 25 years draws on classical, jazz, pop, and world music. McDowell served as founder, artistic director and leader of several musical projects including The Born Into Brothels Ensemble and the world music band Mamma Tongue. He has toured and recorded with Rusted Root and Krishna Das and has produced several albums including his solo CD Speaking the Mamma Tongue. McDowell’s formal education and subsequent informal global training has made him a largely self-taught ethnomusicologist of widely-ranging scale.

Nicholas Frei, a 2011 graduate of Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY, began his violin studies with Anna Teigen, then continued with Bernard Zeller and Laura Seaton. During high school, Nicholas played with the New York Youth Symphony, several string quartets and chamber groups, and studied with Ann Setzer of Mannes and Juilliard. His senior year, he attended Mannes-Prep and was a Rockland County Morning Music Club Scholarship Finalist. Nicholas has spent his last three summers at the Meadowmount School of Music, founded by Ivan Galamian and has played in chamber master classes for musicians such as: Joel Krosnick, Paul Neubauer and Kazuhido Isomura. He is currently in a string quartet coached by Matt Haimovitz and studies with Emmanuel Vukovich at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Tor further information contact Katie Ketchum at kketchum@gmws.org

 

 

Music for Farms performs at June 4 Benefit

// June 1st, 2011 // Comments Off on Music for Farms performs at June 4 Benefit // Featured events, News

Inch by Inch… Row by Row
An evening of fine food and song to benefit
Cropsey Community Farm

A Rockland Farm Alliance Project
Hosted by The Trustees, Directors and Advisors of Rockland Country Day School, Rockland Farm Alliance and The Historical Society of Rockland County.

In a landmark collaboration, Rockland Farm Alliance, Rockland Country Day School and The Historical Society of Rockland County have come together to raise awareness about the rich history of our local farms, as well as to celebrate and benefit Rockland’s historic new addition to this farming tradition: Cropsey Community Farm.

Local and organic hors d’oeuvres will be served
Cash bar including many locally sourced wines, beer and spirits

Musical performances by
John McDowell and Music for Farms
Billy Roues and Friends
and Rockland Country Day School Students

Where: Rockland Country Day School – 34 Kings Highway, Congers, NY

When: June 4, 2011 – 4 to 8 pm

To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or advertise in the event journal, please click here for a printable version.

For more information on the event contact:
Dianne Walsh c/o Rockland Farm Alliance
220 South Little Tor Road
New City NY  10956
P: 845-634-3167
events@rocklandfarm.org

We hope to see you there! And thank you.

The Rockland Farm Alliance
www.rocklandfarm.org

“Languages Lost and Found” to be screened at Lift Nyack

// March 23rd, 2011 // Comments Off on “Languages Lost and Found” to be screened at Lift Nyack // Calendar, News

April 10, 2011
2:00 pm
Languages Lost and Found: Speaking & Whistling the Mamma Tongue is a short film by Iris Brooks and Jon H. Davis, featuring music by John McDowell, celebrating diverse linguistic and cultural practices from around the world. Watch a short preview, or click on the image above.

This film screening and discussion will be held on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 at the LIFT NYACK Wellness Center, located at 42 Main Street in Nyack, NY. It is scheduled just before John’s weekly drum circle event. Admission is $10 and more information is available at 845 709 1634.

In footage spanning five continents–from rainforest longhouses in Borneo to dramatic mountaintops in the Canary Islands–dynamic visions of art, music, and dance are woven into a vivid, global mosaic. The way we think, speak, and express our ideas is a reflection of our language. This film reminds us of how quickly some languages are disappearing while introducing the native tongue as an all-important vehicle for maintaining culture, sharing traditional wisdom, and envisioning the future.

Academy award-winning actor William Hurt narrates the film, which features music by composer John McDowell, known for his evocative score for the Oscar-winning documentary, Born Into Brothels. Iris Brooks and Jon H. Davis (co-producers and directors) are cultural reporters and explorers who pursue everything from rituals to royalty in far-flung destinations around the world, while keeping their eyes and ears open to the unexpected. At Northern Lights Studio, Brooks and Davis tell tales of exotic travel and culture infused with a refined sensibility through a variety of media: video documentaries, text, photos, graphics, music, and art.

“The melody of this cultural collage is soul-piercing; if we lose our mother tongue, we may lose the essence of who we are.”
-Juliette Blevins, Director of Endangered Language Initiative

 

 

“Languages Lost and Found” at Rubin Museum

// February 18th, 2011 // Comments Off on “Languages Lost and Found” at Rubin Museum // Calendar, News

February 23, 2011 1:00 pmtoFebruary 25, 2011 4:00 pm

NORTHERN LIGHTS STUDIO MONTAGE © JON H. DAVIS


Languages Lost and Found: Speaking & Whistling the Mamma Tongue is a short film celebrating diverse linguistic and cultural practices from around the world.  Watch a short preview, or click on the image above.

This film screening and discussion will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd from 1-2pm at the Rubin Museum of Art, in conjunction with UNESCO designated International Mother Language Day and the museum’s Lunchmatters program as part of the Body Language Series. The Rubin Museum is at 150 West 17th St. (at 7th Ave.) in New York City. An additional screening will take place on Friday, February 25th at 3pm at Central Connecticut State University, Torp Theater, Davidson Hall, 1615 Stanley St. in New Britain, CT. More info is at www.theatre.ccsu.edu/directions.html

In footage spanning five continents–from rainforest longhouses in Borneo to dramatic mountaintops in the Canary Islands–dynamic visions of art, music, and dance are woven into a vivid, global mosaic. The way we think, speak, and express our ideas is a reflection of our language. This film reminds us of how quickly some languages are disappearing while introducing the native tongue as an all-important vehicle for maintaining culture, sharing traditional wisdom, and envisioning the future.

Academy award-winning actor William Hurt narrates the film, which features music by composer John McDowell, known for his evocative score for the Oscar-winning documentary, Born Into BrothelsIris Brooks and Jon H. Davis (co-producers and directors) are cultural reporters and explorers who pursue everything from rituals to royalty in far-flung destinations around the world, while keeping their eyes and ears open to the unexpected. At Northern Lights Studio, Brooks and Davis tell tales of exotic travel and culture infused with a refined sensibility through a variety of media: video documentaries, text, photos, graphics, music, and art.

“The melody of this cultural collage is soul-piercing; if we lose our mother tongue, we may lose the essence of who we are.”
-Juliette Blevins, Director of Endangered Language Initiative